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  1. Despite abortion being legally available in South Africa after a change in legislation in 1996, barriers to accessing safe abortion services continue to exist. These barriers include provider opposition to abo...

    Authors: Jane Harries, Diane Cooper, Anna Strebel and Christopher J Colvin

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2014 11:16

    Content type: Research

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  2. Son preference is predominant in developing countries especially South Asian countries and its effect is most visible when the fertility is on transition. Nepal is a country in South Asia where the fertility h...

    Authors: Pramila Rai, Ishwari Sharma Paudel, Anup Ghimire, Paras Kumar Pokharel, Raju Rijal and Surya Raj Niraula

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2014 11:15

    Content type: Research

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  3. According to the World Health Organization, Caesarean Section (CS) rate (percentage of births managed by CS) exceeding 15% lacks medical justification and it could be linked with adverse maternal and child hea...

    Authors: Samson Gebremedhin

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2014 11:14

    Content type: Research

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  4. The editor of Reproductive Health would like to extend a sincere thank you to all our valued reviewers listed below who contributed to the journal in Volume 10 (2013). Without the co-operation and collaboration o...

    Authors: José M Belizán and Natasha Salaria

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2014 11:9

    Content type: Reviewer acknowledgement

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  5. Ethiopia is the second most populous country in Africa with high fertility and fast population growth rate. It is also one of the countries with high maternal and child mortality rate in sub-Saharan Africa Fam...

    Authors: Abdurahman Mohammed, Desalegn Woldeyohannes, Amsalu Feleke and Berihun Megabiaw

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2014 11:13

    Content type: Research

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  6. Umbilical cord prolapse is an obstetric complication associated with high perinatal morbidity and mortality. A few interventions may improve fetal outcome. In developed countries these have advanced to giving ...

    Authors: Esau Wangi Wasswa, Sarah Nakubulwa and Twaha Mutyaba

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2014 11:12

    Content type: Research

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  7. According to the World Health Organization, there are over 6.3 million perinatal deaths (PND) a year worldwide. Identifying the factors associated with PND is very helpful in building strategies to improve the...

    Authors: Paula Maria Silveira Soares Moura, Izildinha Maestá, Lígia Maria Souza Suppo Rugolo, Luís Felipe Ramos Berbel Angulski, Antônio Prates Caldeira, José Carlos Peraçoli and Marilza Vieira Cunha Rudge

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2014 11:11

    Content type: Research

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  8. Most women report negative experience about the symptoms of uterine leiomyoma (UL) in their lives, such as abnormal uterine bleeding and pelvic pain. Many studies have been conducted about efficacy of UL treat...

    Authors: Luiz Gustavo Oliveira Brito, Marislei Sanches Panobianco, Maurício Mesquita Sabino-de-Freitas, Hermes de Freitas Barbosa, George Dantas de Azevedo, Luciane Maria Oliveira Brito and Francisco José Candido-dos-Reis

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2014 11:10

    Content type: Research

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  9. Worldwide, about 287 000 women die each year from mostly preventable complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. A disproportionately high number of these deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa. The Abiye (...

    Authors: Sunday Oluwafemi Oyeyemi and Rolf Wynn

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2014 11:8

    Content type: Research

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  10. Sexual coercion is prevalent in sub-Saharan Africa and is a risk factor for unintended pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections and mental health problems. Alcohol consumption patterns have been suggested ...

    Authors: Devika Mehra, Anette Agardh, Martin Stafström and Per-Olof Östergren

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2014 11:7

    Content type: Research

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  11. A study of health facility (HF) data on women receiving sulphadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP) for intermittent preventive treatment of malaria during pregnancy (IPTp) was carried out at antenatal care clinics in Mku...

    Authors: Godfrey M Mubyazi, Jens Byskov, Pascal Magnussen, Ib C Bygbjerg, Jasper N Ijumba, Mufungo Marero, Leonard EG Mboera, Fabrizio Molteni and Paul Bloch

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2014 11:6

    Content type: Research

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  12. Globally, no qualitative studies have explored the perspectives of women and their partners about the integration of technology – and specifically diagnostic testing technologies – into antenatal care. The stu...

    Authors: Angela M Bayer, Lizzete Najarro, Mercedes Zevallos and Patricia J García

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2014 11:5

    Content type: Research

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  13. Hypertensive disorders represent the major cause of maternal morbidity in middle income countries. The main objective of this study was to identify the prevalence and factors associated with severe maternal ou...

    Authors: Elvira Zanette, Mary Angela Parpinelli, Fernanda Garanhani Surita, Maria Laura Costa, Samira Maerrawi Haddad, Maria Helena Sousa, Joao Luiz Pinto e Silva, Joao Paulo Souza and Jose Guilherme Cecatti

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2014 11:4

    Content type: Research

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  14. Clients of prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) services in South Africa who use contraception following childbirth rely primarily on short-acting methods like condoms, pills, and injectables, ev...

    Authors: Theresa Hoke, Jane Harries, Sarah Crede, Mackenzie Green, Deborah Constant, Tricia Petruney and Jennifer Moodley

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2014 11:3

    Content type: Research

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  15. Sexuality and reproductive health are among the most fundamental aspects of life. Poor parental involvement in preparing young people for safe sexual life and good reproductive health was part of the blame for...

    Authors: Kasiye Shiferaw, Frehiwot Getahun and Getahun Asres

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2014 11:2

    Content type: Research

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  16. Substantial numbers of adolescents experience the negative health consequences of early, unprotected sexual activity - unintended pregnancy, unsafe abortions, pregnancy-related mortality and morbidity and Sexu...

    Authors: Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli, Donna R McCarraher, Sharon J Phillips, Nancy E Williamson and Gwyn Hainsworth

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2014 11:1

    Content type: Review

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  17. Mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of HIV infection remains a major public health problem and constitutes the most important cause of HIV infection in children under the age of 15 years old. Awareness on MTCT...

    Authors: Anteneh Asefa and Habtamu Beyene

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2013 10:66

    Content type: Research

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  18. A recent UNICEF report Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed Progress Report 2013 presents a comprehensive analysis of levels and trends in child mortality and progress towards MDG 4. The global under-f...

    Authors: Tessa Wardlaw, Danzhen You, Holly Newby, David Anthony and Mickey Chopra

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2013 10:64

    Content type: Commentary

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  19. Violence against women is one of the most systematic and prevalent human rights abuses in the world. It is a form of discrimination and deeply rooted in power imbalances and structural inequality between women...

    Authors: Agumasie Semahegn, Tefera Belachew and Misra Abdulahi

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2013 10:63

    Content type: Research

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  20. Bladder pain syndrome (BPS), a condition with no gold standard diagnosis, comprises of a cluster of signs and symptoms. Bladder filling pain and bladder wall tenderness are two basic clinical features, present...

    Authors: Seema A Tirlapur, Lee Priest, Daniel Wojdyla and Khalid S Khan

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2013 10:61

    Content type: Study protocol

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  21. Pregnancy and childbirth represent a critical time period when a woman can be reached through a variety of mechanisms with interventions aimed at reducing her risk of a preterm birth and improving her health a...

    Authors: Jennifer Requejo, Mario Merialdi, Fernando Althabe, Matthais Keller, Joanne Katz and Ramkumar Menon

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2013 10(Suppl 1):S4

    Content type: Review

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 10 Supplement 1

  22. In Senegal, unintended pregnancy has become a growing concern in public health circles. It has often been described through the press as a sensational subject with emphasis on the multiple infanticide cases as...

    Authors: Cheikh Mbacké Faye, Ilene S Speizer, Jean Christophe Fotso, Meghan Corroon and Djimadoum Koumtingue

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2013 10:59

    Content type: Research

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  23. Premature birth is the world’s leading cause of neonatal mortality with worldwide estimates indicating 11.1% of all live births were preterm in 2010. Preterm birth rates are increasing in most countries with c...

    Authors: Jose M Belizán, Justus Hofmeyr, Pierre Buekens and Natasha Salaria

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2013 10:58

    Content type: Editorial

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  24. Preterm birth complication is the leading cause of neonatal death resulting in over one million deaths each year of the 15 million babies born preterm. To accelerate change, we provide an overview of the compr...

    Authors: Joy E Lawn, Mary V Kinney, José M Belizan, Elizabeth Mary Mason, Lori McDougall, Jim Larson, Eve Lackritz, Ingrid K Friberg and Christopher P Howson

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2013 10(Suppl 1):S6

    Content type: Review

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 10 Supplement 1

  25. As part of a supplement entitled "Born Too Soon", this paper focuses on care of the preterm newborn. An estimated 15 million babies are born preterm, and the survival gap between those born in high and low inc...

    Authors: Joy E Lawn, Ruth Davidge, Vinod K Paul, Severin von Xylander, Joseph de Graft Johnson, Anthony Costello, Mary V Kinney, Joel Segre and Liz Molyneux

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2013 10(Suppl 1):S5

    Content type: Review

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 10 Supplement 1

  26. Providing care to adolescent girls and women before and between pregnancies improves their own health and wellbeing, as well as pregnancy and newborn outcomes, and can also reduce the rates of preterm birth. T...

    Authors: Sohni V Dean, Elizabeth Mary Mason, Christopher P Howson, Zohra S Lassi, Ayesha M Imam and Zulfiqar A Bhutta

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2013 10(Suppl 1):S3

    Content type: Review

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 10 Supplement 1

  27. This second paper in the Born Too Soon supplement presents a review of the epidemiology of preterm birth, and its burden globally, including priorities for action to improve the data. Worldwide an estimated 11...

    Authors: Hannah Blencowe, Simon Cousens, Doris Chou, Mikkel Oestergaard, Lale Say, Ann-Beth Moller, Mary Kinney and Joy Lawn

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2013 10(Suppl 1):S2

    Content type: Review

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 10 Supplement 1

  28. Urgent action is needed to address preterm birth given that the first country-level estimates show that globally 15 million babies are born too soon and rates are increasing in most countries with reliable tim...

    Authors: Christopher P Howson, Mary V Kinney, Lori McDougall and Joy E Lawn

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2013 10(Suppl 1):S1

    Content type: Review

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 10 Supplement 1

  29. Most developed countries have made considerable progress in addressing maternal mortality, but it appears that countries with high maternal mortality burdens like Nigeria have made little progress in improving...

    Authors: Ekechi Okereke, Susan Aradeon, Adekunle Akerele, Mustapha Tanko, Ibrahim Yisa and Benson Obonyo

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2013 10:57

    Content type: Research

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in Reproductive Health 2013 10:62

  30. Trypanosoma cruzi has been divided into Discrete Typing Units I and non-I (II-VI). T. cruzi I is predominant in Mexico and Central America, while non-I is predominant in most of South America, including Argentin...

    Authors: Pierre Buekens, Maria-Luisa Cafferata, Jackeline Alger, Fernando Althabe, José M Belizán, Yves Carlier, Alvaro Ciganda, Eric Dumonteil, Rubi Gamboa-Leon, Elizabeth Howard, Maria Luisa Matute, Sergio Sosa-Estani, Carine Truyens, Dawn Wesson and Concepcion Zuniga

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2013 10:55

    Content type: Study protocol

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  31. Preventing HIV infection among young people is a priority for the Liberian government. Data on the young people in Liberia are scarce but needed to guide HIV programming efforts.

    Authors: Donna R McCarraher, Mario Chen, Sam Wambugu, Steve Sortijas, Stacey Succop, Bolatito Aiyengba, Chinelo C Okigbo and Allison Pack

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2013 10:54

    Content type: Research

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  32. Maternal malnutrition in Bangladesh is a persistent health issue and is the product of a number of complex factors, including adherence to food 'taboos’ and a patriarchal gender order that limits women’s mobil...

    Authors: Adrienne V Levay, Zubia Mumtaz, Sabina Faiz Rashid and Noreen Willows

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2013 10:53

    Content type: Research

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  33. Modern contraceptive use persists to be low in most African countries where fertility, population growth, and unmet need for family planning are high. Though there is an evidence of increased overall contracep...

    Authors: Yihunie Lakew, Ayalu A Reda, Habtamu Tamene, Susan Benedict and Kebede Deribe

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2013 10:52

    Content type: Research

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  34. This year’s Women Deliver conference made a strong call for investing in the health and development of adolescents and young people. It highlighted the unique problems faced by adolescent girls and young women...

    Authors: Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli, Rena Greifinger, Adaeze Nwosu, Gwyn Hainsworth, Lakshmi Sundaram, Sheena Hadi, Fran McConville, Regina Benevides, Callie Simon, Archana Patkar, Eva Schoening, Disha Sethi, Amy Boldosser-Boesch, Prateek Awasthi, Arvind Mathur and Doortje Braeken

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2013 10:51

    Content type: Commentary

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  35. There has been considerable debate in the reproductive health literature as to whether unintended pregnancy influences use of maternal health services, particularly antenatal care. Despite the wealth of studie...

    Authors: Yohannes Dibaba, Mesganaw Fantahun and Michelle J Hindin

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2013 10:50

    Content type: Research

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  36. Despite Thai laws permitting abortion conducted by registered medical practitioners, unsafe abortion still kills and maims Thai women as a result of inadequate access to safe abortion services. Surgical evacua...

    Authors: Rapeepong Suphanchaimat, Nongluk Boonthai, Sasikan Tangthasana, Weerasak Putthasri, Viroj Tangcharoensathien and Kamheang Chaturachinda

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2013 10:49

    Content type: Research

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  37. A cultural preference for sons has been well documented in India, resulting in skewed sex ratios, especially exhibited in northwest India. Previous research has shown that family sex composition is associated ...

    Authors: Lisa M Calhoun, Priya Nanda, Ilene S Speizer and Meenakshi Jain

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2013 10:48

    Content type: Research

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  38. Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea are largely symptomless diseases which, left untreated, can result in serious complications including infertility. Fertility problems cur...

    Authors: A Lauren R Goundry, Emma R Finlay and Carrie D Llewellyn

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2013 10:47

    Content type: Research

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  39. Lack of male involvement and support for sexual and reproductive health services is seen by many Papua New Guinean women as a barrier to accessing services. Poor utilization of services by both men and women i...

    Authors: Sally Kura, John Vince and Paul Crouch-Chivers

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2013 10:46

    Content type: Research

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  40. Over 100 million women worldwide are using oral contraceptives pills (OCP) and mood changes were being as the primary reason for OCP discontinuation. The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence a...

    Authors: Ghodratollah Shakerinejad, Alireza Hidarnia, Mohammad Esmaeil Motlagh, Khodabakhsh Karami, Shamsoddin Niknami and Ali Montazeri

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2013 10:45

    Content type: Research

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  41. Argentina and Uruguay are among the countries with the highest proportion of pregnant women who smoke. The implementation of an effective smoking cessation intervention would have a significant impact on the h...

    Authors: Fernando Althabe, Alicia Alemán, Agustina Mazzoni, Mabel Berrueta, Paola Morello, Mercedes Colomar, Alvaro Ciganda, Ana Becú, Luz Gibbons, Laura Llambi, María G Bittar Gonzalez, Van T Tong, Sherry L Farr, Ruben A Smith, Patricia M Dietz, Carolyn Johnson…

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2013 10:44

    Content type: Study protocol

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  42. The goal of reducing maternal mortality can be achieved when women receive important service components at the time of their maternity care. This study attempted to assess the availability and the components o...

    Authors: Abebaw Gebeyehu Worku, Alemayehu Worku Yalew and Mesganaw Fantahun Afework

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2013 10:43

    Content type: Research

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  43. Awareness of infertility risk factors is an essential first step to safeguard future fertility. Whereas several studies have examined university students’ awareness of female fertility and related risk factors...

    Authors: Kelley-Anne Sabarre, Zainab Khan, Amanda N Whitten, Olivia Remes and Karen P Phillips

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2013 10:41

    Content type: Research

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  44. Use of depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA), often known by the brand name Depo-Provera, has increased globally, particularly in multiple low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). As a reproductive health ...

    Authors: Leslie Curry, Lauren Taylor, Sarah Wood Pallas, Emily Cherlin, Rafael Pérez-Escamilla and Elizabeth H Bradley

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2013 10:39

    Content type: Research

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